Student Success Advisors
Student success advisors foster holistic student success and persistence starting the first year and up to graduation through intentional programming, meetings, and activities that cultivate various forms of student engagement. They do this through a) assisting students in self-exploration in order to develop educational plans that are consistent with students’ aspirations, interests, strengths, and values; b) encouraging students’ holistic engagement with the college experiences (academically, socially, culturally, and professionally); c) developing a collaborative relationship with students, which allows them to engage in self-authorship, make meaning of their experiences, and assume responsibility for their futures; d) Guiding students in critical reflection of academic, career, and life goals; e) guiding students through career and professional development opportunities available as well as campus support for the identification and exploration of experience learning, leadership, and career paths; and f) serving as a liaison for connecting students to faculty mentors/advisors.
What does a Student Success Advisor do to help students succeed?
- Provide a substantive advising appointment as required for each student that includes positive, open-ended questions to allow students to explore their goals, interests, and concerns.
- Educate students about curricular requirements, academic standards, and academic milestones related to an intended/chosen academic program.
- Assist students in transitioning into and out of major(s).
- Teach students how to assess their degree progress through graduation.
- Make referrals to campus resources, programs, and support systems that promote academic success and career development.
- Educate students on and create student engagement opportunities, campus support services, changing/ declaring majors/minors, re-admission, transfer questions, scheduling classes.
- Explain university and college academic policies and procedures.
- Communicate in a timely manner with assigned advisees.
- Collaborate with, refer, and connect students to faculty mentors/advisors.
- Actively engage faculty in providing updates related to student success initiatives.
- Conduct first-year student orientation sessions.
- Foster and educate students on professionalism and professional behaviors.
When should I meet with my Student Success Advisor?
- First of the semester to review your course load and devise strategies to attack your work
- Mid-semester after you’ve settled into your classes and are aware of long-term assignment dates
- End of the semester to sharpen your focus on your remaining work
Or, anytime you…
- feel you’re “not doing well”
- You just want to talk
- have questions about any kind of academic policy
- feel undue academic pressure
- to explore academic options of any kind
- want to sharpen your learning or life management skills, including:
- College reading and writing
- Managing stress
- Motivation and focus
- Communicating with instructors
- Test-taking strategies
- Time management